Review by: Shepdog on 28 August 2019
I was blown away with the fun I had and risks I took, with scenery to die for.
This was my 1st time off the canal toe path, being 49 and in good shape. Riding on my 1992 pro flex beast thought it best to go on the red route, weeeeee hahaha aah I've never laughed as much on my bike. I took my 14 year old son whom like me is ultra novice on mtb. We spent a demanding 5 n half hours doing the red 8 loop. It's about getting to the end at the moment not how fast it can be done in. We have been 2 more times since 1st visit and have enjoyed it more each time..I love the variation in terrain , and the option to try section of the black run with out leaving my son stranded on the red.
Review by: Asterion on 4 July 2019
Tucked away but a great place to get started.
This was my first trail centre. Rode the blue route on a budget Apollo Phase from Halfords and had a cracking days ride.
Access to the forest is a fair bit further from Gisburn village than the name suggests. You arrive at a large carpark with modern toilet facilities.The small cafe at the start of the route is expensive but a bacon butty and coffee were still appreciated after a 2 hour drive.
There's a great little skills area with back to back loops of increasing difficulty and lots of features to play on. Almost worth a visit just for this.
The route throws you straight into a tight switch back descent through the woods before mellowing to a pleasant and pretty, if not a little dull, ride along forest road and gravel path by the beck. Then the long steady climb to park woods where the trail really starts to get rewarding. Sweeping single track through the woodland back toward the cafe before veering off into another climb and onto the fast paced and flowing final descent to the carpark.
Couldn't have picked a better way to spend a hot summer day and a perfect intro to MTB. I've since bought a more worthy bike and will be back to tackle some of the more demanding trails.
Review by: Esge on 3 July 2018
Gisburn Red in Disrepair and Worst Cafe ever.
Rode the Red today and found the trail to be in a worrying state of disrepair. There were large rocks that had come away from pretty much the whole technical uphill gradients, overhanging branches hitting in your face throughout and poorly waymarked in a couple of places. They had started some smoothing work at the latter end of the red once you'd got up nearer the end but as it's pretty hardcore anyhow, you don't want to be dabbing because of loose rocks everywhere.
This route has the potential to be one of the best in the U.K. as it's technical sections and variety really set it apart. Sadly, the cafe is appalling..with a meagre selection of cakes that were uncovered and as such, crawling with flies, probably the worst coffee ever made and with old canteen style seating and tables.
Did the Blue at the weekend with a new MTBiker and this wasn't bad..just a tad short and nothing to really challenge you if you're used to the red/black routes.
Review by: Jp_pne96 on 20 June 2018
Amazing no matter how experienced you are
I have only just become heavily into MTB, and this place has and continues to teach me new skills and quickly developing my bike control, from hitting jumps to extreme balancing along skinny, tough climbs and technical areas, this place offers loads of opportunities to improve your riding, I call this place my MTB home.
Review by: Gazzago on 7 March 2018
Fun and nothing to worry a novice
Great start and great finish! Quick twisty trails through the woods. Climbs are mostly forest tracks. A relaxed ride along the beck. An enjoyable trial.